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Kelvin Kane had nearly all the bones broken in his hands after falling foul of loyalists

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Kelvin Kane

Kelvin Kane

A victim of a brutal punishment beating stole cannabis-infused gummies to help ease his pain, the Sunday World can reveal.

Ballycastle native Kelvin Kane had nearly all the bones broken in his hands after falling foul of loyalists in Belfast and claims he only stole the medication because of the overwhelming pain he is suffering.

Just weeks after he left his home town and relocated to Belfast, the 26-year-old, who has previous convictions, received a chilling message on social media warning him to keep his hands to himself or lose them.

"Keep your hands to yourself up there or you won't have them," the message said.

And last month he suffered debilitating injuries after being attacked.

Kane stole a £50 jar of CBD gummy bears from Boots in Belfast city centre because he was suffering from having nearly every bone in his hands broken, his lawyer said.

Kane, with an address at Victoria Street, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to carrying out the theft.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard he entered the store at Donegall Place, put a jar of CBD gummy bears under his coat and then left.

Police arrested him a short time later and retrieved the product valued at £50.

CBD is a legal cannabinoid supplement believed to help with relaxation.

Appearing remotely from custody, Kane held up his heavily bandaged hands to demonstrate the extent of his injuries.

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Defence solicitor Damien Trainor disclosed: "He received a very, very serious punishment beating where virtually every bone in each hand was broken."

Kane then attended hospital so frequently that he was prevented from returning, the court heard.

Mr Trainor added: "He stole these items in an attempt to get some relief from the pain.

"He's in a particularly bad way from the trauma of the punishment beating."

At one point Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes queried: "He does know CBD gummy bears aren't hallucinogenic?"

Refusing bail due to the risk of reoffending, Mr Holmes pointed out that Kane already has suspended sentences for other thefts hanging over him.

The judge said: "I have every sympathy with his injuries and his pain, but he's going to the right place to be dealt with for that.

"He's going to Maghaberry, where they have a hospital unit."

Kane was remanded in custody to appear in court again on October 19.

paula.mackin@sundayworld.com

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